Papillon Photos: Pudong, Shanghai
Today is that day of the week when I share astounding pictures from different corners of the world.
And, I don’t know. I felt like posting something vibrant, futuristic, colorful and mesmerizing. I searched and searched thru my computer files until I arrived to the correct folder. Ladies and gentlemen (peal of drums), I present you the biggest city in China, SHANGHAI!!!
Well, not just Shanghai but its famous Pudong district. Here is where finance, trade and commerce coincide. The place where the Stock Exchange inhabits. The area where the buildings forming the famous skyline stand tall and proud.
I am sure you recognize this skyline (don’t this picture make you smile?).
Pudong gets its name from its location with respect to the Huangpu River. It is located at the east bank of the body of water. The contrast between old barges navigating in front of ultra modern buildings shows the extremes one still encounters in China.
There are many stars in the Pudong skyline. Probably, the biggest start is the Oriental Pearl Tower. It is a TV tower which broadcasts different programs. Some say its design was taken from a Tang Dynasty poem referring to an instrument which sounds is “like pearls, big and small falling in a jade plate”. To me, it just looks like the perfect space ship that would take humans to cross the vast space.
The Oriental Pearl Tower may be famous but there are two other buildings that can be considered stars too. I am referring to the Jin Mao and Shanghai World Financial Center Buildings. The Jin Mao (Golden Prosperity) Building contains offices and the Grand Hyatt hotel. The Shanghai World Financial Center is the tallest building in China (excluding Taiwan). It contains a mix of offices, conference rooms, shopping malls and more. The two of them are amazing architectural gems.
There are other buildings in Pudong that are not as famous as the ones mentioned. However, they contribute to futuristic look of the area. But, hold on. The Shanghai Tower is under construction at this precise moment. This building is expected to be taller than the World Finance Center. More modernism to the area is arriving at the speed of light.
The Shanghai World Financial Center contains the tallest observation deck in the world. I thought the observation deck in the new Burj Khalifa topped the one in this building. According to different sources, the one in Shanghai continues to be the tallest one in the world.
And like you can imagine, I ascended to the observation deck. I kind of freaked out since I am a little bit scared of heights (what I am not scared off anyway?). This observatory was intense because the floor is made of glass and you can see the cars below from the top. I had to auto motivate me to come out of the elevator.
However, as scared as I was, it felt great to take a look at the massiveness of Shanghai from the top. I had a good view of the top of the Jin Mao Building.
Then, I was able to admire the entire city. What a sight!! It expanded beyond what the eyes can see.
In my opinion, Shanghai is a city that deserves an in depth visit. I had the blessing of visiting for 10 days. It was my first taste of the Far East and it did not disappoint. It felt so good to discover the different layers of the city (felt like peeling an onion) neighborhood by neighborhood, street by street, restaurant by restaurant and market by market. Pudong is definitely one of the must visit areas in the city.
Have you visited Pudong? What is your favorite building?